US official says Biden not changing position on Western Sahara


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US official says Biden not changing position on Western Sahara
‘What we’re seeing now is a fantastic age of these normalization agreements with Israel,’ says acting assistant secretary of state in visit to Rabat
28 July 2021

RABAT, Morocco — The US position on disputed Western Sahara remains unchanged under President Joe Biden’s administration, a senior State Department official said in Morocco on Wednesday. Under former president Donald Trump, the United States became the first Western country to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for Rabat’s normalization of relations with Israel.

“There is no change in the US position,” Joey Hood, the acting assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, told a news conference in Rabat. “Where you may see a change is in the level of energy and emphasis we are putting on helping the UN process to really produce results.” Hood called for the speedy appointment and backing of an envoy to the UN secretary-general “so that we can get a solution that is acceptable to all parties and will lead to peace and stability.” Morocco laid claim to the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony with rich phosphate resources and offshore fisheries, after Spain withdrew in 1975.